Thursday 17 August 1916 – We Lost 784

Goosens family

An attack on ‘Horseshoe Hill’ in Macedonia is made by the reserve battalion of the 78th Brigade, the 7th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry at 20:00. To support the left flank of the attack the 11th Worcestershire Regiment will establish a post further forward on a knoll in the valley below. Two platoons of the 11th Worcestershire’s seize and entrench the required knoll without opposition or casualties. To the right front the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, after a long night advance, storm ‘Horseshoe Hill’ at 02:30 (August 18th) and entrench the captured position.

The submarine E13 runs aground due to a faulty compass on a mud bank in Danish Territorial waters.

Captain William Richard Benton (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received previously when he went out to get a wounded man who was attempting to crawl back to the British lines.  He had just put the man on his back and tried to come in with him but drew the attention of the enemy and the wounded man was killed and Benton badly wounded in the arm and leg. He previously served as a Chaplain to the forces but resigned after he killed a German soldier in his trench during a night attack by the enemy. He is the Curate of Bearstead near Maidstone and had been a member of the Mote Park Cricket Club.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the clergy
  • A Mote Park cricketer
  • A French Horn player whose brother will go on to be the principal harpist for half a century for the BBC Symphony
  • A military Chaplain
  • A boxing enthusiast
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Douglas Edward Brodie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 43. He is the son of Lady Eleanor Brodie.
  • Second Lieutenant Adolphe Anthony Goossens (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is a French horn player and brother of the future principal harpist for half a century of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Denis Doyle MC (attached Leinster Regiment) is killed. Color
  • Sergeant Major William Edward Frost DCM (Wellington Infantry) dies of wounds at age 24. He is a keen boxing enthusiast.
  • Sergeant George Saunders is killed at Bazentin Le Petit at age 32 alongside his brother Private Henry A Saunders age 37 as members of the Sussex Regiment.
  • Corporal Joseph Lambe (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 32. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
  • Private Frederick Housden (Northamptonshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Frank Murden (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private Corbett Jesse Barringer (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies in Salonika at age 20. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
  • Private Frederick Lyall (Black Watch) is killed. His brother was killed in April 1915. Gunner Terence Corcoran (Royal Field Artillery) dies of consumption. His two brothers will be killed in 1918.
  • Private Charles Leslie Bibby (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds received seventeen days ago at age 24. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private Arthur Reginald Long (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918 after the Armistice.
  • Private Frank Hibbert (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1918.